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Executive Director's Message Archive

Title Issue
Rebuilding California Requires Restoring Local Control of Local Revenues

Rebuilding California Requires Restoring Local Control of Local Revenues

This year, the dysfunction in our state governance became painfully evident as the Legislature and governor adopted budget after budget that failed to meet the test of responsibility in the eyes of both the public and Wall Street.

November 2009
The Constitution Is Not “An Inconvenient Truth”

The Constitution Is Not “An Inconvenient Truth”

In the past few years, some state leaders have proposed budget “solutions” that are clearly unconstitutional and fly in the face of the intent of not only the voters but the Legislature itself.

September 2009
How to Help Your Council and Staff Do Their Best Work in Hard Times

How to Help Your Council and Staff Do Their Best Work in Hard Times

July 2009
Reforming California's Governance: Is It Time for a Grassroots Revolution?

Reforming California's Governance: Is It Time for a Grassroots Revolution?

Amid mounting evidence that the state government is hopelessly dysfunctional, various groups are putting together a reform agenda.

May 2009
Sustainable Communities: An Urban Imperative

Sustainable Communities: An Urban Imperative

The League has set its strategic sights for the second year in a row on “supporting sustainable communities.”

March 2009

Commonplace Miracles of Local Democracy

Voters are overwhelmingly reinvesting in their local governments, local infrastructure and local services by approving ballot measures that authorize tax increases and bond issues for public infrastructure.

January 2009

The League at 110: Focused on Local Control --- and Always Looking Ahead

Protecting local control requires flexibility and responsiveness to the needs and desires of the electorate on issues that demand substantive, thoughtful public policy – without sacrificing local discretion and influence.

November 2008

What Proposition 99 Means for California’s Cities

September 2008

Civic Participation and the Importance Of Community Involvement

July 2008

Why the League Supports Honest and Responsible Eminent Domain Reform

The League and its coalition partners are working to build support for Proposition 99 and to educate voters about the great harm that Prop.98 could do to our communities.

May 2008